Yukon Dog Musher Adventure Tour
Become an Alaskan Dog Musher for a Day
Departing from Skagway's glacially carved coastline, you will ride over the coastal mountain range through the White Pass Summit Area known as the Tormented Valley. And here begins the adventure of a lifetime: the Yukon Dog Musher Adventure Tour in Skagway.
Making your way across the northwest corner of British Columbia and into the southwest corner of the Yukon, you will savor majestic mountain vistas, pristine lakes, and crisp, clean air. A photo stop will be made at Emerald Lake before traveling on to Caribou Crossing Trading Post and Museum. During this tour, you can relax and enjoy a tasty Yukon-style lunch, visit one of the most spectacular wildlife museums in North America, and visit a dog musher's camp. The museum's exhibits range from Ice Age specimens to animals more recently introduced into the Yukon. Also included are exotic animals from both the arctic and sub-arctic regions of Alaska and the Yukon, as well as from around the world.
The highlight of this Skagway excursion may be your visit to the mushing camp at Caribou Crossing, where mushers train their dogs for the world's toughest dogsled race, the "Yukon Quest." Your time in the camp includes a 20-minute presentation on the art of mushing, including how they train in the summer without snow, followed by a five to six-minute ride with an experienced dogsled musher over cut trails in a dog cart pulled by racing huskies. There will also be time to play with the puppies, so do not forget your camera. All too soon it is time to begin the approximate two-hour drive back to Skagway.
Please Note: This Skagway cruise tour will be crossing the Canadian border and then back across the U.S. border. All U.S. citizens traveling between the U.S. and Canada are required to present an original copy of their birth certificate or passport, and a valid government issued driver's license or ID card. People of all other nationalities are required to have a photo I.D., a passport, and visa (if required). Please check for updated customs requirements prior to traveling.
All minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian. Restroom stops will be made on the drive to and from Caribou Crossing; facilities are very basic.
Please be aware that this tour operates in the wilderness, hours away from medical facilities. Although staff do have general first aid knowledge, this tour is not recommended for guests with serious medical conditions or infants under the age of 20 months.
We enjoyed this excursion. Tour guide was extremely entertaining and the dog sledding was fun. We almost did the train ride but decided to go with this tour instead. So happy with our decision!
It was a pleasant day. We learned a lot about the dogs and what they have to do in order to compete. Love seeing desert, and lakes during the tour.
Reviewer: Michael Gill
Our guide (Brian) did a fantastic job and I would highly recommend him to anyone. The actual Dog Musher part of the tour was good, but the history and colorful observations by Brian made this excursion our favorite of the cruise.
Reviewer: Barbara Moss
I thought this tour would be way too long but it was delightful. The scenery was fabulous and of course,everyone loved the mush dogs. Brian had lots of stories and the small van was perfect,
Reviewer: Mary Carrick
Bryan was a fantastic tour guide. He provided lots of interesting and fun anecdotal information. The Musher tour felt very authentic and not too touristy. The lunch provided was excellent. Very friendly staff at the counter in the Popcorn shop.